Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Papua New Guinea instead of New Zealand, you would:


be 30.8% less likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people.

live 14.0 years less

In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).


be 49.0% less likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 90.5% less money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

spend 27.3% more on taxes

New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0%.


have 79.5% more children

In New Zealand, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 19.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 8.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 82.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In New Zealand, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population do.

be 89.2% less likely to have internet access

In New Zealand, approximately 88.5% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 60.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In New Zealand, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).


spend 60.9% less on healthcare

New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.


see 66.0% less coastline

New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

How big is Papua New Guinea compared to New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.


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